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Hundreds gather in Selma for 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

Hundreds filed into place to see the president, including Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro.

President Barack Obama speaks near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Selma, Ala. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday,' a civil rights march in which protestors were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma.

Credit: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

Selma civil rights milestone marked by first black president

Under a broiling sun, the first black U.S. president praised the figures of a civil rights era that he was too young to know but that helped…